Hello SOTGC community!
Here are four reasons why you should do it now.
“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” ― Hugh Laurie
This is not a message to rush an important decision or to discredit the strength and skills it takes to wait until a clearly set deadline, moment, or feeling transpires. Rather, it is a call to action:
1. Carpe Diem. There is a real purpose and peace that comes with doing things right away. Not only will you have successfully started and completed that action, but it will help build confidence and trust in both your decision-making skills and ability to tackle the next prospective challenge. Confidence breeds confidence.
2. Go with your gut. Over-thinking can lead to analysis paralysis. Listen to yourself. If you are struggling to tap into that inner voice, consult with trusted friends and family. As mentioned in a previous post, asking for help takes strength and self awareness. Asking for help is not a weakness. When you ask for advice, pay close attention to two things:
First, be open-minded and hear what your trusted friend is saying.
Second, notice your reaction to this advice. This step is crucial in revealing your true feelings and, arguably, more important than the actual advice you are receiving. It might not be a clearly defined “yes” or “no” that you hear in your head. But, your distinct emotional reaction to their advice will provide another way to understand what your gut is telling you.
3. Reduce anxiety. The anticipation of waiting to do something can be exciting. It can also be anxiety-inducing. The unknown naturally intrigues us. We toy with the possibilities of putting things off, even subconsciously, to see if we can complete the task on time. If we sleep in for five more minutes, will we still be able to make it to the train on time? We wait until the last minute on a deadline because there is a certain excitement that comes with not knowing whether or not we’re going to make it. Do it now, and eliminate the anxiety of having one more outstanding item on your to-do list.
4. Accept the now. There is no such thing as the “perfect time”. Accept that this moment, right now, is the only time we have. This world moves too quickly. If we choose to stand still, pause just for a moment, we will miss it all. It is far better to take action that turns into a misstep than it is to take no action at all. Missteps can be learning experiences. Do it now and don’t miss out on an opportunity. There is no time like the present. Ask yourself the question, “By not taking action now, what opportunities could I be missing that might only be available today?” Listing out the possible result of inaction or delayed action can help give us the push we need to take action now.
How can you do it now SOTGC Community?
1. Start small. Utilize the (http://jamesclear.com/how-to-stop-procrastinating ) “two-minute rule”. If a task will take two minutes or less, do it right then. This will allow you to complete the task and save yourself the time and stress of rewriting the item on your to-do list. Little steps can make a big impact.
2. Trust that you are taking the right steps. Keep moving forward. To avoid becoming stressed and overwhelmed, just focus on doing the next thing. You can do it now!
SOTGC community, please tweet @SEMeehan and @SOTGC with your tips for getting started! Share what gives you energy to complete a task and what motivates you. Please comment with a two-minute task that you are going to complete! FYI: Tweeting or posting a comment can count as your first “two-minute rule” task!
Sending support and good vibes,